strong verbs

List of Strong, Active & Creative Verbs

Good writing hinges on the verb. Without building on the right choice, a sentence becomes clotted with modifiers.

Strong verbs are active verb. More than that, they’re precise verbs that retire modifiers. The best of strong verbs are derived from common words used with a twist. When creatively employed, strong verbs convey tone and ambiance and create writer credibility.

  1. ad lib
  2. addle
  3. ally
  4. angle
  5. baffle
  6. balk
  7. bamboozle
  8. bandy
  9. barb
  10. baste
  11. beetle
  12. befuddle
  13. belch
  14. bellyache
  15. belly-snake
  16. bicker
  17. bilk
  18. biopsy
  19. blackball
  20. blather
  21. blench
  22. blether
  23. blister
  24. bloat
  25. bludgeon
  26. blustered
  27. boff
  28. bog
  29. boohoo
  30. bootstrap
  31. bristle
  32. brook
  33. browbeat
  34. brown
  35. bruise
  36. bruit
  37. buffalo
  38. bungle
  39. burlesque
  40. burnish
  41. buttonhole
  42. cadge
  43. cajole
  44. calve
  45. candle
  46. career
  47. carom
  48. carp
  49. cater
  50. caterwaul
  51. cauterize
  52. cavil
  53. chest-thump
  54. chin-point
  55. clever
  56. cock-a-doodle-doo
  57. cocoon
  58. collar
  59. collude
  60. concoct
  61. corner-eye
  62. cudgel
  63. cull
  64. curdle
  65. darkle
  66. dawdle
  67. deadpan
  68. decant
  69. deluge
  70. dicker
  71. diddle
  72. dillydally
  73. discombobulate
  74. divine
  75. dog
  76. douse
  77. dovetail
  78. dragoon
  79. drub
  80. dumbfound
  81. dumpster-dive
  82. dupe
  83. dwarf
  84. earmark
  85. earwig
  86. eclipse
  87. embellish
  88. enfeeble
  89. engorge
  90. exfoliate
  91. eyebrow
  92. fawn
  93. festoon
  94. fetch
  95. fetter
  96. fiddle
  97. finagle
  98. fine-comb
  99. fishhook
  100. flagellate
  101. fleece
  102. flimflam
  103. flout
  104. flummox
  105. fob
  106. foil
  107. foist
  108. foozle
  109. fritter
  110. fume
  111. gabble
  112. gad about
  113. gainsay
  114. gall
  115. gazette
  116. gild
  117. gird
  118. glom
  119. glut
  120. goad
  121. goose
  122. gouge
  123. grandstand
  124. grapple
  125. grizzle
  126. grouse
  127. grovel
  128. gull
  129. gyp
  130. gyrate
  131. hair-trig
  132. hamper
  133. hamstring
  134. haul
  135. heckle
  136. hector
  137. hedge
  138. hex
  139. hive off
  140. hobble
  141. hobnob
  142. holster
  143. hoodwink
  144. hopscotch
  145. hornswoggle
  146. hunker
  147. hurl
  148. irk
  149. itch
  150. jabber
  151. jawbone
  152. jeer
  153. jib
  154. jigsaw
  155. jockey
  156. jostle
  157. kebab
  158. kvetch
  159. lacerate
  160. lampoon
  161. lard
  162. lather
  163. leapfrog
  164. levy
  165. lob
  166. lobby
  167. logroll
  168. loll
  169. lollygag
  170. lug
  171. lumber
  172. lurch
  173. main-line
  174. manacle
  175. mangle
  176. maraud
  177. maul
  178. meld
  179. mince
  180. moil
  181. molest
  182. muckrake
  183. mug
  184. mushroom
  185. niggle
  186. nix
  187. nose-thumb
  188. offload
  189. ogle
  190. oil-spill
  191. oust
  192. outface
  193. pander
  194. parry
  195. paw
  196. peeve
  197. pettifog
  198. pickle
  199. piddle
  200. piecemeal
  201. piggyback
  202. pity-fish
  203. pock
  204. pommel
  205. pony up
  206. praise-fish
  207. preen
  208. pummel
  209. purge
  210. putter
  211. pyramid
  212. quail
  213. quash
  214. quaver
  215. quibble
  216. rankle
  217. ratchet
  218. rattle
  219. raze
  220. retch
  221. riff
  222. rimple
  223. riprap
  224. rollick
  225. rook
  226. roost
  227. sandbag
  228. sardine
  229. scab-pick
  230. scapegoat
  231. schlep
  232. scrimp
  233. seedbed
  234. shirk
  235. shoehorn
  236. shoo
  237. short-shrift
  238. showboat
  239. shuck
  240. sideline
  241. skedaddle
  242. slaver
  243. sluice
  244. snaffle
  245. snag
  246. sniggle
  247. snivel
  248. snoop
  249. softsoap
  250. spangle
  251. spatchcock
  252. spool
  253. spume
  254. stipple
  255. stone-skip
  256. strafe
  257. sully
  258. swig
  259. swindle
  260. swoon
  261. thumb
  262. thwack
  263. tiff
  264. tinker
  265. torpedo
  266. torque
  267. tote
  268. trample
  269. trawl
  270. trill
  271. trounce
  272. trouser
  273. trowel
  274. trump
  275. trundle
  276. tub-thumb
  277. vet
  278. waffle
  279. wag
  280. wallop
  281. wallow
  282. wax, widen)
  283. welter
  284. wheedle
  285. wheel
  286. whet
  287. winnow
  288. yank

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